Department of Wildlife Conservation (Sri Lanka)

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Department of Wildlife Conservation
වනජිවි සංරක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව
வனசீவராசிகள் பாதுகாப்பு
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Agency overview
Formed October 1949; 68 years ago (1949-10)
(as the Wildlife Department)
Preceding agencies
Jurisdiction Government of Sri Lanka
Headquarters 811/A Jayanthipura main road, Battaramulla
6°53′50″N 79°55′11″E / 6.897154°N 79.919845°E / 6.897154; 79.919845Coordinates: 6°53′50″N 79°55′11″E / 6.897154°N 79.919845°E / 6.897154; 79.919845
Employees 1,842 (2016)[1]
Annual budget Rs 2.54 billion (2016)[1]
Minister responsible
Agency executive
  • Chandana Sooriyabandara, Director General
Parent department Ministry of Sustainable Development & Wildlife
Key document

The Department of Wildlife Conservation (Sinhala: වනජීවී සංරක්‍ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව Vanajivi Sanrakshana Departhamenthuwa) is a non-ministerial government department in Sri Lanka. It is the government department responsible for maintaining national parks, nature reserves and wildlife in wilderness areas in Sri Lanka. Forest reserves and wilderness areas are maintained by the Department of Forest Conservation. The head of the Department is the Director General of Wildlife Conservation, formally known as Warden. It was established in October 1949 with Captain Cyril Nicholas, MC as its first Warden.

List of national parks administered by the Department[edit]

List of nature reserves[edit]

Conservation centers under supervised by the Department[edit]

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  1. ^ a b "Budget Estimates 2017- Volume 3: Fiscal Year 2017". Ministry of Finance. Retrieved 3 November 2017.